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When I saw that it was the 15th anniversary of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series being published in the United States, I started wondering...Why do so many people love the world of Harry Potter? I mean, the books have been translated into over 60 languages, the series is one of the best selling book series in history, there is a Harry Potter theme park, and there are eight movies! What’s so great about Harry Potter?
Realistic fiction is a unique genre in YA because it illustrates challenging situations you may not have personally experienced but connects you to emotions you have. Whether it's uncovering life-altering secrets, making a tough choice, coming to terms with your sexuality or finding your voice, realistic fiction addresses themes relevant to real life. To highlight some of their fantastic realistic fiction, Macmillan established their ReaLITy program. Our Teen Board decided to check out these reads and respond to them in this blog series.